In this project on imperialism in Africa, we focused on learning about why Europeans wanted to conquer Africa. One thing I improved while working on this project is my ability to revise essays. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished.
What helped me stay organised?
The DBQ outline helped me put my essay in order and made it easier for me to create my essay.
A strength I showed was my ability to give lots of background.
Something I should work on in in my next essay is giving an insight at the end.
Technology: The Reason Why Europe Wanted Africa
During the 19th century almost the whole of Africa were colonies of European countries. From 1500 to 1800 Europe were trading slaves in Africa. Then during 1880 King Leopold from Belgium changed everything by taking land in Africa. Not long afterwards Africa was colonized by the Europeans. They were severely mistreated and were used by the Europeans as slaves. The Europeans then proceeded to export goods such as natural resources, metals and other goods. The driving force for imperialism in Africa was technology. Some may argue that Nationalism was the main driving force, but it doesn’t help the country develop.
The main driving force of imperialism in Africa was technology. A lot of the inventions that were made in Africa were very useful.The way to remove quinine from the bark of a tree is still used today, and still proves to be very useful (Doc. C). This method helped cure malaria, one of the deadliest disease in Africa and Asia. Even though some inventions were made a long time ago, they are still used today. This shows that the main driving for imperialism in Africa was technology. The electric telegraph let people communicate from far away. (Doc. C). It lead to the telephone which people use today. It made communication easier than before because they didn’t need to send anyone. This is another reason that the main driving force for imperialism in Africa was technology. These inventions helped shaped the world that is today, without them things could be very different.
Some may say that national pride is the main driving force for imperialism in Africa. For a country to be great it has to conquer other places (Doc. B). This gives benefits to both countries because the colonies get to have seapower and the usually bring education to the people there. Although this might be true colonising countries for fame doesn’t help the country develop. National pride does not help countries become stronger. The reason why this isn't the main driving force is because inventions that were made back then lead to controversial thinking and some are still used today (Doc. C). This shows that technology is much more important, and was clearly the driving force for imperialism in Africa. To conclude the main reason Europe wanted to colonize Africa was not because of national pride, but because they get to have a technological advantage.
The main reason Europe wanted to colonize Africa was because they wanted to gain resources for technology. For example medicine, weapons, and transportation. Even though some say that national pride is the reason for the colonization of Africa, it doesn’t help the country develop in any sort of way. Africa has a lot of natural resources so the Europeans want to conquer it so they can use those resources to invent new things and also sell things that they already know about. To wrap it up, the reason why European countries wanted to conquer and colonize Africa was because they get to advance technology-wise. Was colonizing Africa worthy of the risks?